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Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman
Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman
by Andy Holgate
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate you, Andy Holgate, 21 May 2013
I wasn't sure whether to give this book a five star review or a one star review.

Five stars because it is an entertaining and engrossing read. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. And yes, it is inspirational in a way that many other books that claim to be fail to be. As the sub-title says, it really is the story of "common man" (yes, that's you and me) to Ironman.

Which leads me to thinking it should be one star. Just four days after buying the book this runner-only has spent two grand on a racing bike and is checking out swimming lessons. I can only say if you don't want to be caught up in a sudden fervour to start training twenty to thirty hours a week in order to spend a day with other mentally deranged people physically exerting yourself to within a whisker of death's door then leave this book well alone.


Massage for Dummies (Miniature Editions)
Massage for Dummies (Miniature Editions)
by Steve Capellini
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, 13 Mar 2013
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Doing Stuff for Dummies books are large, chunky, fun and, most importantly, teach you lots you didn't already know. This is not that. This is a two inch square "book" that you can read in five minutes and then wonder how you got ripped off. It's the sort of thing you buy as a desperate last minute Christmas present for someone who you don't care much about.

Don't buy this if you want to learn about massage. Buy a proper book instead. And please Dummies publishers: don't debase your brand by sticking it on rubbish like this.


Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Runs-A-Week Training Program
Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Runs-A-Week Training Program
by Bill Pierce
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.59

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It changed my (running) life, 10 Jan 2013
Currently in training for my first marathon, this book changed the way I think about what I'm doing. For the hobby runner in my situation it recommends running just three times a week - a series of fast repeats, a tempo run of about 5-7 miles and a distance run, with extra cross-training. The benefits are held to be to increase running fitness but without the wear and tear on joints that running five or more times a week will cause.

The book has a series of tables that you use to determine what marathon time is a reasonable target based on your existing ability to run shorter distances, and then you use that time in other tables to get precise target speeds to run your training runs in. (It's less complicated than I've made it sound.)

I've read many running books but this (and anything by Tim Noakes) would be top of my list for aspirant marathon runners. It's a tiny investment of time and money compared to the effort and cost of training for and running in the big event.


Hillsborough - The Truth
Hillsborough - The Truth
by Professor Phil Scraton
Edition: Paperback

10 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hillsborough deserves better, 25 April 2012
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There's a lot in this book but I urge readers to apply some scepticism. It is called "The Truth" and the author is described as "Professor Phil Scraton" in some editions to deliberately give an aura of objective independence. However, Scraton's approach is not that of a neutral independent - it is that of a Liverpool fan who, before Hillsborough, had axes to grind against the Thatcher government and the police. And this shows in his book. Once I realised in the early pages there was a prejudice informing his views I looked in vain for *any* criticism of Liverpool fans ever. There was none - not over anything to do with Hillsborough, not even any to do with Heysel which gets the most cursory treatment. By contrast, Scraton falls over himself to criticise the police for anything and everything.

It's not the truth in the sense of being an independent fair-minded view of events. For that you need to read the Taylor Interim report. It's the polemic of a campaigner - a pro-Liverpool anti-police campaigner. The Hillsborough tragedy deserves a more even-handed treatment, as Taylor gave it. Truth is something which comes without the filter of choosing some events to highlight but ignoring other events of equal importance, or praising those who you like and chastising those you don't. Being upset with The Sun doesn't justify re-writing history the other way, and nor should it lead Liverpool fans to think that this book is an objective answer.
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Soleus GPS - All Black -
Soleus GPS - All Black -
Offered by altonsports- Run and Fitness Store
Price: 67.99

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, 23 April 2012
This review is from: Soleus GPS - All Black - (Watch)
This watch works well for me. I get it to search for GPS while I am stretching in my bedroom. It finds GPS in a few seconds and is ready to go. While running it gives me split times every mile and my final time and distance when I stop. It basically does exactly what I want it to do and so I would recommend it to others.

It could be better. The display could be simpler and the characters larger to be more readable when running, but it's good enough. It could also be a bit simpler to use but that's something you learn quickly and so is only a teething problem.

I would say if there is another watch for the same price with a simpler user interface and bigger more visible characters then buy it. But if something better is a lot more money you'll probably find this one works just fine.


On Intelligence
On Intelligence
by Jeff Hawkins
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book, 16 Jun 2011
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If you think computers will one day become intelligent you should read this book. If you think computers won't one day become intelligent you should read this book. If you are interested in just how the brain takes sensory input and creates memories and actions you should read this book.

On Intelligence is such a good read for anyone interested in computer intelligence. Hawkins is a computer man talking about biology, analysing how the brain makes sense of the world. To what extent his theory about the neo-cortex's role in intelligence is accurate I cannot judge and only time will tell. But for this part-time programmer the operation of the brain now seems considerably less mysterious and the path to artifial intelligence seems a lot clearer.

One of the best books I have read for a long time.


Life After Death: The Book of Answers
Life After Death: The Book of Answers
by Dr Deepak Chopra
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.86

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest and rubbish?, 29 Mar 2010
This book claims to "prove" there is life after death. It does no such thing. Instead it gives a small amount of science, a large amount of pseudo-scientific pontificating and a very large amount of Indian religious mysticism.

If you want to believe in life after death and you are easily taken in by people talking about "astral planes", "higher-level vibrations" and such other undefined gobbledygook then this book is certainly for you.

A test of whether you will like this book and see in it some higher truth is your response to the following: "You are at the centre of the universe because from you the universe extends infinitely in all directions. But matey-boy over there is also at the centre of the universe because from him the universe extends infinitely in all directions. If you are both at the centre of the universe then you must both be in the same place. By extension, all parts of the universe are in the same place."

Now, if you find that bit of logic from the book interesting, and revealing of a truth about the universe, then you will no doubt like this book, start believing in life after death if you don't already and come back and award the book four or five stars on Amazon. You'll also realise that a similar argument means all of the past and future history of the universe happens at the same time and all numbers on the number line must hold the same value. Remarkable. Oops: that's maths down the drain.

However, if you find these conclusions just a trifle hard to take, whether or not you can see the flaws in the reasoning, then you probably won't like this book, and you'll come to the conclusion that every other page in it contains similar hocus-pocus and arm-waving. You'll also probably conclude that if the author is half as clever as he thinks he is, that if he doesn't realise that stuff like this is utter rubbish then he really ought to listen to the first person who points it out to him.

My conclusion? One star. Another charlatan taking money off the gullible.

By the way, among the many great quotes from the book my favourite is "Eternity is not a function of time."
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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, 3 Oct 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dawkins writes beautifully and the evidence he demonstrates for evolution is fascinating. Yes, he criticises those who refuse to see or accept the truth laid out in front of them. More power to him. Sadly, there are millions of children being brain-washed into believing a load of nonsense about how the world was formed and how we got here. Those of us who believe that man's curiosity and testing (science) rather than some old fairy stories reveal the truth about the universe should stand up and applaud Dawkins for the efforts he makes.

How is it that we've got to the twenty-first century with all our scientific and technological marvels and people still prefer ignorance and superstition?


The Singularity is Near
The Singularity is Near
by Raymond Kurzweil
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.91

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarier than Stephen King, 16 Mar 2009
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If Kurzweil is wrong in his predictions and there is no technical revolution just around the corner, the worst that that can be said is that he has written an incredibly thought-provoking book that all intelligent people should read. But if he's right, all the human race is shortly to be either wiped out or made immortal. Of course, that just sounds like silly hype but if you've read the book and can say why it's hype please let me know.

I for one can't see why Kurzweil's main predictions are wrong.
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The Family Guide to Homeopathy: The Safe Form of Medicine for the Future
The Family Guide to Homeopathy: The Safe Form of Medicine for the Future
by Andrew Lockie
Edition: Paperback

17 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Got cancer? Then see a doctor, not a homeopath., 22 Aug 2008
What a wonderful thing homeopathy is. Take a bit of a plant, put it in some alcohol. Dilute it with water until there is no trace of the original left. Dilute it more. And more. And more. Call this a "remedy" and sell it to people too stupid to realise it can't help them. Tell them if their symptoms go away the remedy worked. If their symptoms didn't go away they chose the wrong remedy. You have to be a very expert homeopath to know the right remedy, you know. By the way homeopathic remedies are all safe because the original substance has become so diluted it can't possibly do you any harm.

I'm going to make my own homeopathic remedy. A bit of this, a bit of that, a bit of all the substances, diluted so much it can't possibly do you any harm and then when you take it the one that will help you will fix your symptoms. "Robert's Patent Homeopathic Potency" I'll call it. I'll set up in practice, put on a white coat and charge people for my sugar water. Well, it will be easier than working.
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